• Senior PGA Championship

Montgomerie targets 'real' major glory

ESPN staff
May 27, 2014
Colin Montgomerie earned his first ever win on US soil at the 139th attempt © Getty Images

Colin Montgomerie has targeted breaking his major duck at the PGA Championship in August after claiming the senior version of the event on Sunday.

Montgomerie, a five-time runner-up golf's four biggest tournaments, made his breakthrough on the over-50s tour - a victory which automatically earns an invite to its PGA Tour counterpart.

The Scot last teed up at a regular major in 2010, also the PGA Championship, and he will return to Valhalla full of confidence.

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Rory McIlroy also broke a duck this week with his first win on continental Europe © Getty Images
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"If I can drive the ball, hit my iron shots, and hole out as well as I did [at the Senior PGA Championship], who says I don't have a chance at Valhalla?" Montgomerie told the Daily Telegraph.

"Yes it's a long course, but at the same time the emphasis there will be hitting the fairways and greens. If I can hit 17 greens in regulation around Harbour Shores, like I did in that last-round 65, I can compete at that level again. It's great. I will do my utmost to put up a good showing as a Senior PGA champion."

The victory also saw Montgomerie break a 22-year streak of not having won an official event on US soil. After succeeding at the 139th attempt, he said it took some going.

"It felt like a major," Montgomerie added. "The course made it that way as did the Michigan crowd. They were superb, turned out in droves. I am excited, but I'm probably more relieved than anything.

"That monkey's been on my back a long, long time. With my caddie, Alistair [McLean], we've been coming to the US since 1992 for major championship golf. And we've tried. God have we tried.

"Pebble Beach was my first and I very nearly won that US Open and there have been close calls since. Hopefully, I can build on this and move forward, knowing that I can do this. It only gives you more confidence, the self-esteem levels rise. I look forward to the next major that we play."

Montgomerie has never been a crowd favourite in the US, even being handed the nickname "Mrs Doubtfire" for his likeliness to Robin Williams' comedy character.

But the 2010 Ryder Cup-winning captain believes that is all behind him now.

"Maybe we've all matured," he said. "I've been made to feel so welcome since I joined the Champions Tour last year and feel that has plenty to do with this success. The galleries were fantastic to me and made it seem all the more special.

"I'm a major champion and will treat it as such. It might have a 'senior' connotation to it, but it is a major that has been going for 75 years. I'm proud to be part of that history."

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